the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees.
The Youth Social Action Fund is open for grants of up to £5,000 that will promote volunteering, fundraising and campaigning amongst young people aged between 10 and 25. This fund is part of a wider multi-agency #iwill campaign.
Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places. The aim of this fund is to raise the level and quality of youth social action by 50% by 2020, taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.
Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. These activities develop the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.
For the purposes of this funding, the definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2 million this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.
Before applying please note this fund has strict acknowledgment requirements, and will require successful applicant to evidence the following on an on going basis:
Please familiarise yourself with the following documents to satisfy yourself that your organisation can meet these requirements.
This fund has now closed
WHO CAN APPLY?
Groups must demonstrate that their programme can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action:
More details about the principles can be found on the #iwill website. It is important to read these before applying.
Youth Social Action funding cannot be used for:
Before applying to the Youth Social Action Fund, we strongly recommend that you download and read the full Youth Social Action Fund Criteria which includes tips and hints about the types of project that will be prioritised, and about how to complete a successful application.
The Government (DCMS) and Big Lottery Fund have partnered – through the investment of £20 million seed funding each – for a new independent fund (‘the #iwill fund’) with Step Up to Serve (SUTS) that will support the creation of an additional 1.4 million youth social action opportunities through the #iwill campaign. Step Up To Serve is the charity coordinating the #iwill campaign.
Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. Community Foundation for Calderdale are acting as match funders adding £30,000 to the fund locally and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.